Thean is a grandfather from Cambodia. He is a rice farmer. He has two daughters, five sons, and eight grandchildren. He likes to listen to the news on the radio. Two years ago, Thean developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing him irritation, tearing, and blurred vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Thean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Thean needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for July 4. He says, "I hope after surgery my vision is improved and I can go outside by myself again."
Mafeeta is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He is married with four children. Three years ago, Mafeeta developed a swelling on his right cheek that has been growing in size. He experiences pain and discomfort. Mafeeta traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 10, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mafeeta needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Mafeeta says, “I hope to be relieved of discomfort, pain, and disfigurement after surgery and I will continue with cultivation.”
Vanna is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He likes to play with toy cars at home. Vanna has ptosis in both eyes. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. He has difficulty seeing clearly. Vanna traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 9, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve his vision. Now, Vanna needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. His mother says, "I worry about my son and I want his eyelids to look normal so that he can easily see well."
Judith is a mother of five from Malawi. She spends her days with her new baby and four other children, working on the family farm. She enjoys praying and studying the Bible in her free time. Since last year, Judith has been experiencing burning pain in the abdomen. She has been diagnosed with ovarian cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs on the ovaries. She needs to undergo an ovarian cystectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will excise the cysts. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $541 to fund Judith's surgery. On August 23, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She is excited to receive free surgery and looks forward to increased strength after recovery. She says, "Farming will be easier once I am healthy again. Thank you for this program!"
Ashinuri is a baby from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of six. Ashinuri’s parents are both subsistence farmers. Ashinuri has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ashinuri traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 24. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ashinuri's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily when she grows up. Ashinuri’s mother says, “My husband and I have tried to get treatment for our daughter but it was not successful. Please help us.”
Aye is is a mother of eight children from Burma. She and her husband work as a day laborers and generate income for the family. Aye first noticed her symptoms when she was only 15 years old. At that time, she was combing her hair and felt a small growth on her head. Three years ago, she noticed that the growth was gradually increasing in size. She now experiences severe headaches. Aye sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery of the benign tumor on August 28. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Aye said, "I feel worried but I just keep smiling."
Atugonza is a young student from Uganda. She is the second born in a family of four children. She is studying hard because she wants to become a nurse in the future. For two years, Atugonza has had an umbilical hernia. This hernia is causing her pain and discomfort and if not treated, she may suffer intestinal tissue damage. Fortunately, on September 12, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Atugonza's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Her mother says, "After the surgery of my daughter I will be happy and she will resume with her studies without anything disturbing her."
Vincent is a toddler from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four children. Vincent is a cheerful boy who loves to play. Vincent’s parents are small-scale farmers. Vincent was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs are bowed outwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he feels pain when walking for long distances or after running and playing with other children. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Vincent. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 13. Treatment will hopefully restore Vincent's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. His father says, “I didn’t know my son needed treatment for his condition...Thank you for enlightenment and I am really thankful for your help."
Kimsing is a girl from Cambodia. She has two younger sisters. She likes to study literature and wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She likes to eat fried fish and eggs. She loves to play with her toys with her sisters. Since infancy, Kimsing has had congenital scoliosis. This causes her pain and makes it difficult to sit up straight and walk. She had surgery as a child where doctors implanted rods to straighten her spine, but now that she is growing, the rods need to be removed because they are causing her pain. She is set to undergo spinal surgery on September 10. The procedure will cost $930. Her father says, "We hope the surgery will help her."
Edwin is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest of twins. His mother is a single mother who is still in college. Edwin was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Edwin has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Edwin will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 4. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.
Mcleeves is a teacher in a local high school from Malawi. He has a wife and four children, with whom he enjoys spending his free time. For five months, Mcleeves has been experiencing weakness and problems urinating. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Mcleeves's surgery. On October 4, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He says, "When my pain is over, I will be so happy to work again, teaching the students. This is a very nice program, and I am thanking God for this provision."
Nshabomwe is a child from Uganda. He has two siblings. For two years, Nshabomwe has had an inguinal hernia. Fortunately, on October 2, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Nshabomwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.